The St. Rose conference in Altoona has been busy with local fundraising events. To make it easier to keep up-to-date on the happenings, the conference set up a new website, strosesvdp.org.
On the day of the ribbon cutting, Saturday, January 12, 2019 cheers rose from the crowd as the ceremonial ribbon was cut, marking the start of a new era for the store, founded just over 20 years ago by members of the Our Lady of Victory Conference.
The retail space, 55% larger than the previous location, includes two large fitting rooms and handicap accessible bathrooms. Over 500 shoppers turned out to peruse the large selection of luxury, name brand items (some still with tags) housewares, books, jewelry and so much more.
The 6th graders at the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy in Johnstown, PA were installed into the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Youth conference on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.
This year over 100 kids received gifts due to the generosity of others. Throughout the year fundraisers help the ministry raise money for many projects including Christmas for Kids. The fundraisers alone cannot support all the children that are in need. Individuals in the community contacted SVDP council office and offered to purchase gifts for families. Groups of employees at some local businesses pooled their resources and purchased gifts for families and for a group of kids at a local housing program. Thank you to everyone that helped make this a brighter Christmas for some area children. The joy on their faces says it all.
Not only will the State College Thrift Store be moving to their new location on Benner Pike but they now have their own website. The site includes an online boutique, volunteer information and much more. Check it out!
The Food for Families warehouse in Johnstown needed new lighting but the cost was going to be over $6,000. A grant from Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for $2,500 helped defray the cost of the new lights.
Installed were LED motion sensor lights and fixtures that provide the newest in energy saving lighting along with greater viability and safety for the staff.
A very sincere thank you to Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for their support.
.For 20 years the State College Thrift Store has been helping those in need in Centre County. They have outgrown their new site and will be moving to 1300 Benner Pike, State College. Follow on Facebook
First distribution is scheduled for October 17.
Tammy Weakland, president of St. Benedict Carrolltown conference and Marianne Wetz, Carrolltown thrift store manager are very grateful for all the prayers during the rain this week. They said, "God answered our prayers." The water level at the store was 4 inches which isn't bad compared to some places. They are getting bids to prevent water build up beside the building.
The Johnstown Food For Families annual duck race was held on Sunday, August 5, 2018. It was hot but no rain! Many vendors turned out to help make this year the best ever. Thanks to Georgia Lehman, the fundraiser generated over $25,000. The proceeds will go along way to help feed those in need in the Cambria County and Johnstown area. Click here for pictures. Check out the Facebook posts.